Westminster Media Forum

Next steps for improving welfare and safety in sport

Morning, Thursday, 25th October 2018

Central London


This timely seminar will consider next steps for improving welfare and safety in sport, both at elite and grassroots level.

It will be an opportunity to assess the progress made so far in implementing the recommendations of the Duty of Care in Sport Review, led by Baroness Grey-Thompson, and to consider what further action might be needed across the sport sector. 

Delegates will discuss priorities for improving staff and athlete welfare in high-performance sport - looking at what more might be done to tackle abuse and bullying, develop good governance and scrutiny, and support elite transition.

Attendees will also consider the extent to which the Government’s Mental Health and Elite Sport Action Plan sufficiently addresses issues around mental welfare and possible next steps for its delivery.

Further sessions will look at the way ahead for Duty of Care in grassroots sport - including the development of standardised safeguarding services for children and vulnerable adults, fostering leadership and best practice, and improving education and training provisions - as well as considering what further policy support might be needed to help organisations meet resource challenges.

Guest of Honour

John Donnelly

Head of Sport Integrity, UK Sport

Keynote Speakers

Heather Sinclair

Head, Health, Workforce and Diversity, DCMS

John Donnelly

Head of Sport Integrity, UK Sport


Bambos Charalambous MP


Professor Andy Smith

Professor of Sport and Physical Activity, Edge Hill University

Lisa Curtis

Safeguarding Adults Manger, Ann Craft Trust

James Allen

Director, Policy, Governance and External Affairs, Sport and Recreation Alliance

Annamarie Phelps

Chair, Safeguarding Adults in Sport Strategic Partnership and Vice Chair, British Olympic Association

Emma Atkins

Director of Coaching, UK Coaching

Ian Braid

Founder and Managing Director, DOCIAsport

Tim Hollingsworth

Chief Executive Officer, British Paralympic Association

Anne Tiivas

Director, Child Protection in Sport Unit, NSPCC

Andy Reed

Director, Saje Impact and Co-Founder and Director, The Sports Think Tank

Victoria Aggar

Chair, British Athletes Commission